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Why You Need A Mentor
10/11/2007
Summary:

Mentoring is a time-honored tradition in many fields, and for good reason: It works. Parents, friends, and investors usually don't cut it as mentors, however. You need unbiased, direct (even blunt) advice and direction if you want to grow your company. This article provides in-depth information, insight, and examples both for mentees and mentors.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
Work-life balance
10/4/2007
Summary:

This blog entry by a Chief Happiness Officer tackles an important topic from the European point of view. It's a useful reminder that not all of your employees are as zealous about your vision as you or your senior executives. Some will perform better if you keep that in mind.

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You Always Start the Last Company
10/18/2007
Summary:

Hindsight is 20/20, or so the saying goes. It's useful to learn from the mistakes you made in your last venture, but realize that they might not apply to this venture. So, focus on things you can control (not your competition), be passionate about revenue (or hire someone who is), and remember that, as the author points out, "it's easier to keep spending under control than it is to get spending under control."

Go To Source (www.burningdoor.com)
Zero to $1 billion
10/18/2007
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Companies that hit $1 billion in annual revenues share seven traits, recent research shows. This lengthy article explores the concept in some depth with examples. If you want more, read the book "Blueprint to a Billion" by David Thomson.

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All I Know About VC, I Learned from My Kids
11/8/2007
Summary:

Investors can have a high degree of influence on the operations of their portfolio companies because of their capital and their board roles. Such influence, at times, may push through ideas that are not in alignment with the leadership team's strategy. This article offers one VC's insights into the relationship between investor and the entrepreneur or CEO.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Are VCs Simply Valuation Luddites?
11/8/2007
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The mysteries of how VCs determine company value can be daunting to entrepreneurs. This uncertainty is due, in large part, to the uncertainty of the valuation process itself. From the VC Confidential blog, here is a glimpse of what that process looks like.

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Ask the VC: How Do You Calculate Operating Cash Flow?
11/8/2007
Summary:

This brief, to-the-point VC blog entry explains why investors often consider operating cash flow as the best measure of business health. The piece also explains one way for entrepreneurs to calculate it with investors in mind.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Bite Your Tongue
11/8/2007
Summary:

Communicating before groups can be key to an entrepreneur's success, whether they be employees, customers, or potential investors. Following these eight, quick-read tips will boost your odds of "wowing" your audience.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Buddy System
11/1/2007
Summary:

This brief but insightful article offers five guidelines to help decide if an alliance would help your company, as well as someone else's. Partnering can provide immediate access to technology, distribution, and other infrastructure without the time and expense of in-house development.

Go To Source (www.entrepreneur.com)
Compensation for Board Members
11/8/2007
Summary:

In a young private company, a number of dynamics combine to make board membership appealing: appropriate vesting schedules, single trigger acceleration, retention efforts, handling reasonable board expenses, and more. Here is a detailed explanation of how to bring them all together for the best results.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)

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